Old Dog hasn’t seen much footy and when he does, after six months and four rounds, he’s blown away.
Matt Zurbo wishes the Almanac community a happy Christmas. His gift is a transcript of his interview with Ron Branton, which captures the life of a 1950s footballer superbly. Sections of this interview appear in Matt’s book Champions All.
Matt Zurbo is the subject of Martin Flanagan’s column in The Age today. Here is a piece he wrote in July 2012.
The road is a hungry thing, calling, even when it’s made of nothing but sand.
[This piece was first published in late 2012. It was part of a series where Old Dog jumped in the ute and travelled from the south of Tasmania to far north Queensland and west to the Mallee in South Australia. Read more of Matt’s pieces by clicking on his name in the left sidebar.]
Matt Zurbo’s first footy club (many years ago) was a suburban club where the blokes worked hard and played hard. Young Matt Zurbo was made welcome because of his Blundstone boots. Not footy boots. His work boots.
Old Dog goes to Queenstown where he plays a fun (but proper) footy match on the famous gravel oval during the Unconformity Festival. [This is an Old Dog special – JTH]
Continuing our highlights from Old Dog’s book, Champions All, an excerpt featuring the 1976 Grand Final.
Continuing our highlights from Old Dog’s book, Champions All, an excerpt featuring the 1970 Grand Final.
Old Dog, with his brilliant analysis, the Grand Final and the Doggies win made the world seem like a better place.
Continuing our highlights from Old Dog’s book, Champions All, an excerpt from the Chapter: The Club Soldier, Ian Paton, Hawthorn.
Continuing our highlights from Old Dog’s book, Champions All, leading up to the Grand Final. Mick Martyn on what happened at Bali.
Matt Zurbo thinks his way through some recent footy moments – life moments – and listens for the sounds, and observes the silences.
With his book completed and footy season at a close, Matt Zurbo keeps his AFL watching to one game a week.
Old Dog watches Friday night footy and has some observations about physicality, umpiring, electric energy and bar crowds.
Old Dog is in a Melbourne pub with his girlfriend. He’s impressed with the Giants but less impressed with how self-absorbed footy fans are in the city. [Interesting life and footy observations – Ed]
Matt Zurbo loves it when umpires come across as real and genuine. [And he’s inviting them to pop in for a beer – Ed]
Bryan, a mate of Matt Zurbo’s, died in an accident the other day. He was a great fella as Old Dog explains in this tribute.
The Old Dog finds Christmas in March, with a pre-season message for everyone.
Matt Zurbo continues his training series – Training for 6